Myth: It takes four to six months to get a SBA Loan processed.
Fact: Completed loan applications from banks average 10 working days.
Myth: SBA only provides free business counseling to business people with SBA loans.
Fact: SBA provides free business counseling to all business people.
Myth: SBA provides no assistance in helping a business get federal contracts from the government.
Fact: SBA has procurement assistance at Small Business Development Centers across the country.
Myth: A business person can get cheaper interest rates for business loans from SBA.
Fact: SBA does not provide lower interest rates for small business people. Interest rates are negotiable with the bank, but are limited to 2.25% above the prime rate in the Wall Street Journal for loans with maturities of less than 7 years, and limited 2.75% with maturities of 7 years or more.
Myth: Small loans are not available through SBA.
Fact: SBA provides an incentive to banks to make loans nder $50,000 by reducing their guarantee fee by half.
Myth: SBA has no specialized programs to assist minority business persons.
Fact: SBA’s 8(a) and 7(j) programs provide specialized management and technical assistance to minorities.
Myth: There are few SBA loan programs.
Fact: SBA finance programs provide a wide spectrum of opportunities including Guaranteed Loan, Handicapped Assistance, Contract Loan, Veterans Loan, Exported Revolving LOC, and Small Business ($50,000 and less).
Myth: SBA has no programs to assist veterans.
Fact: SBA gives veterans priority when their loan application arrives in the office or when they need business counseling to start a small business.
Myth: SBA has grants to start or expand a small business.
Fact: SBA has NO grant program to start or expand a small business.
Myth: Contractors receive no assistance from SBA.
Fact: SBA’s Surety Bond Guarantee Program assists contractors with their Bid Bond, Performance Bond, and Payment Bond.